Lawrence (Kans.) defensive end Amani Bledsoe is one of the top recruits in the Midlands region for 2016. The 6-foot-4 and 266-pound Bledsoe has seen Nebraska before, but left Lincoln tonight amazed again by how nice the facilities are at Nebraska.
"We are on our way back home," Bledsoe said from the car. "We drove to Lincoln last night. This morning we just got a quick tour of the facilities at Nebraska. I have been there before, but their facilities are amazing."
:22 – ‘17 prospects Keyshawn Johnson Jr. (4-star) and Darny Holmes (5-star).
1:06 – Nebraska ’16 prep Cade Johnson, son of former Husker Clester Johnson.
1:12 – Former NFL Pro Bowler Keyshawn Johnson.
1:45 - Nebraska 2016 commit Jared Bubak.
2:06 - Juco CB prospect Maurice Chandler.
2:30 – JUCO OT prospect Quinn Mittermeier.
Bledsoe had met one member of the new staff from Nebraska earlier this spring. However, this was his first chance to get to Lincoln since Mike Riley became the new head coach.
"I have been Coach Hank Hughes before, but this was my first chance to meet the rest of the new staff at Nebraska. They all seemed pretty cool. We got along well."
By the looks of it the defensive line will have a bit more of an attacking style and less of a read, two-gap approach. Bledsoe is fine with the changes saying that he thinks that the changes better suit his abilities.
"I like how the new scheme is more aggressive," Bledsoe said. "There is less two-game and more just reacting to the play. I like to play that way. I like to get out and go."
During visits like a spring game might present an opportunity to talk with some of the other recruits. Bledsoe said that he actually knows one of the other visitors that was in Lincoln today back when they went to the same elementary school.
"I spoke with Xavier Kelly a little bit. We actually went to the same school in 5th grade, but were in a different class. I lived in Wichita and then moved to Lawrence."
The trip to Lincoln might be the last that Bledsoe takes for a while. There have been a number of trips leading up to it and he says that he is in track now and is looking forward to working out with his team soon.
"I am just trying to chill now," Bledsoe said. "We have been to a lot of places. I am just doing track this spring and I will be working out with my team this summer getting ready for the season."
This was the second trip to Lincoln. The first was a nationally televised game in primetime that set the attendance record at Nebraska. Bledsoe has been blown away by both of his experiences in Lincoln because of the fan support that the program receives.
"It's outstanding to see how dedicated the fans of Nebraska are," Bledsoe said. "I went to the Miami game last year and that was a great atmosphere and it was packed that night."